SA vets participate in Africa ASF workshop

Source: SAPPO Weekly Update, 21 January 2021, photo credit: 123RF/nicoelnino

South Africa’s Prof Emeritus Mary-Louise Penrith, Dr Livio Heath and Dr Peter Evans were among a group of 13 trainers used in a regional online training workshop on import risk analysis for African swine fever (ASF) held in November/December 2021.

This six-day (20 hour) virtual training was attended by 62 country representatives, regional and international experts and observers over the course of six weeks, and was the first workshop of its kind in Africa.

The training workshop took place under the technical supervision of the OIE Scientific Department, OIE Standards Department, OIE World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department. It was organised under the umbrella of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) initiative for the global control of ASF.
The six sessions were designed and delivered around the following themes and presentations are available for download below.
• Opening and general outline
• Epidemiology of ASF in Africa with an emphasis on trade related risks
• An overview of value chains associated with swine production and marketing in Africa
• Business continuity in the context of ASF: zoning and compartmentalisation
• Applying the OIE Import Risk Analysis Framework to facilitate safe trade
• Summary and closeout
SAPPO shared its experiences with compartmentalisation, which was an ideal opportunity to “sell” our compartment system to the participants, says SAPPO’s Dr Peter Evans.

“Many participants, including the OIE, were up to that point unaware that SA has had successful pig compartment system for the past ten years,” he says.
More detail can be found here.

The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.